The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrations by Oliver Jeffers

Book Description

Published: June 27, 2013

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!


Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Timesbestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

Review –

Although this is a fun book and little children won’t really know the difference but the ending left a lot hanging. What was their response to Duncan’s answer to their letters and what about Beige-he had no clothes and Blue was a mere stump of his former self. Were they happy with Duncan’s answer to the problem. Cute for the young child. illustrations were great.

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Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters

Book Description

September 6, 2011
FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.

Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.

Big mistake. Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs . . . or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she’s going mad—until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.

Review –
I’m not going to give away too much but know that is like a Stephen King meets Twilight Zone in its spookiness and horror and will leave you ITCHING for more. #notsorryforthepun  
This is a great read.
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The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries #1) by Agatha Christie

Book Description

 1930

The murder of Colonel Protheroe — shot through the head — is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Now even the vicar, who had declared that killing the detested Protheroe would be ‘doing the world at large a favour,’ is a suspect — the Colonel has been dispatched in the clergyman’s study, no less. But the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. There is of course the faithless Mrs Protheroe; and there is of course her young lover — an artist, to boot.

Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: ‘a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.’ Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature’s private men’s club of great detectives will never be the same.

Review –

I have read many books by author, Agatha Christie, my favorite being Ten Little Indians, but I had not read this one so when I found it available through the Oklahoma Virtual Library system I downloaded and listened to it almost in one sitting.

It is a murder mystery in a vicarage in a tiny village where all the neighbors know what everyone else is doing and Miss Marple lives next to the murder scene so it’s a given that she will help solve the crime. This is the first in the Miss Marple Mysteries and it a real gem. If you love a good mystery, especially one can can’t be figured out til the very end, this is the book for you. It’s great.

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Book Description

August 13, 2013
In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was–that I couldn’t stick around–and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.

 
Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
Maybe one day he’ll believe that being different is okay, important even.
But not today.

From Booklist

It’s Leonard’s eighteenth birthday and, big surprise, nobody remembered. This birthday, however, is going to count—because Leonard plans to shoot cruel bully (and former best friend) Asher Beal after school. First, though, there is the small matter of gift giving, in which Leonard deliversfour presents to the four people who made his “worthless” life a little better: a noir film–loving neighbor, a violin prodigy classmate, asuperhot teen evangelist, and his favorite teacher. The single-day time frame provides a good deal of claustrophobic tension, as readers will hope against hope that one of these four people will be able to deflect Leonard from his mission. But this is far from a thriller; Quick is most interested in Leonard’s psychology, which is simultaneously clear and splintered, and his voice, which is filled with brash humor, self-loathing, and bucket loads of refreshingly messy contradictions, many communicated through Leonard’s footnotes to his own story. It may sound bleak, but it is, in fact, quite brave, and Leonard’s interspersed fictional notes to himself from 2032 add a unique flavor of hope. Grades 8-11. –Daniel Kraus

Review –
The first thing about this book that I noticed is the abundance of bad language but after I got past that I had a very depressing story to look forward to. This poor kid is turning 18 and his mother (who is unbelievably bad) doesn’t remember, doesn’t even live with him any more. Then his name!  How can anyone with the name of LEONARD PEACOCK be taken seriously? It is a very very depressing story and could have used better resolution at the end but it made me cry and I liked it when all was said and done.
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Towering by Alex Flinn

Book Description

May 14, 2013

New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn re-imagined the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time. Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novel Towering, Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel.

When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed with which her golden hair has been growing. It’s gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she’s begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?

Review –

This is a re-telling of the story of Rapunzel with a young adult and darkly romantic twist. Since Rapunzel was never one of my favorite stories as a child, I found this book to be “just okay”.  It was a pleasant read but did nothing for me. 

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